Though Kendrick Lamar has gathered a lot of hype for his studio debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, he can’t escape questions about his oft-discussed collaboration with J. Cole.

In an interview on GlobalGrindTV, K. Dot took the blame for the project’s delay. “You can put the blame on me, just off the fact that my debut album coming up. I have to make that priority.”

Kendrick explained why he didn’t want to work on both projects at once. “I didn’t want to [work on] too many different projects. Gotta keep that focus [on good kid, m.A.A.d city]. Cole understands that.”

Finally, the Compton rapper addressed why he collaborates with J. Cole in the first place. “Two days ago, I was out in the studio with him. …We were chopping it up. The reason why I really mess with dude is because he’s so genuine as a person. A lot of times you come across other rappers or other artists, and the competitive spirit is always there. It’s there so much that you can’t even talk to them as person. But Cole is one of them dudes that’ll tell you his faults, his mistakes, and his insecurities, and his highs.” 

Watch the interview below:

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